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My latest NPR commentary: How ABC News owns the Women in Peril story this summer



jayceeduggard-abc.jpgI first wrote about this on the blog just about a week ago, so forgive me for the repetition.

But after seeing the piece get pushed back a couple of days, NPR finally aired my audio version of the column I wrote last Wednesday about ABC News cornering the market on "women in peril" stories.

These are not stories about women simply being abused -- as was suggested on NPR's comments section last week. These are stories about missing, presumably abducted women; often they fit a physical and social profile of being pretty, white and middle-class looking.

This column also has the distinction of being the perfect illustration of how my process of generating material can work. piece started as a blog post here, where I essentially sketched out my thoughts after doing three interviews and seeing some trends. After spending a morning hacking out the early version, I decided to pitch it to my editor at NPR for an audio commentary and use it in the newspaper as the top of my weekly Feed column.

Eventually, it worked out that the newspaper version hit readers of the Times Monday morning, while the audio commentary aired on All Things Considered Monday evening.

It's an amazing example of how new platforms and alliances can spread one idea across so many different forms.

If you missed the story Monday, you can hear it below:

NPR: ABC's Women in Peril Summer by eric-deggans

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:46am]


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